I'm very happy with the pictures I took this year. I'm still using the same camera, my old Canon PowerShot A540, but I took a chance and played around with the various settings until I found the right combinations. That, and I wanted to compete with the DSLR set. Yeah, I know, I don't stand a chance, but I ain't goin' down without a fight. Besides, the best camera is the one that you have.